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Posted on: December 13, 2017

Little Walnut Bridge (AKA: Bois D’arc Bridge) Closure

The Little Walnut Bridge, locally known as the “Bois D’arc Bridge,” is currently closed and will remain closed indefinitely due to structural safety concerns until all possible repair options have been evaluated for feasibility. The Little Walnut Bridge is located on SW 157th St. approximately ¼ mile West of the intersection of SW Purity Springs Rd. and SW 160th St. Alternately: the bridge is ¾ mile East of the intersection of SW 157th St and SW Hopkins Switch Rd. The main span of the bridge is a 100 foot long Pratt type high steel/wrought iron truss structure that is 14 feet wide. The bridge structure itself, as well as the importance of the bridge at the time it was constructed, has brought about the bridge being placed on the State Register of Historical Places. This bridge was built the same year that the first production gasoline powered automobile was built by Benz in Germany. The first gasoline powered production automobile built in the United States occurred 8 years later in 1893. The first mass produced gasoline powered automobile was the Ford Model A which was first built in 1903.

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